Note: Application processing time is currently 16-18 weeks due to a high volume of applications. Applying through other organizations and calling to inquire about the status of your application will cause delays in payment.

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Farm and Food Workers Relief Program


Eligible frontline farm workers and meatpacking workers can apply for a one-time $600 pandemic relief payment

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Beginning March 1, 2023, frontline farm workers and meatpacking workers who incurred expenses preparing for, preventing exposure to, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for a one-time $600 relief payment through this website, which is administered by Pasa Sustainable Agriculture.

Pasa Sustainable Agriculture is one of 14 organizations and one tribal entity working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to distribute one-time $600 relief payments through the Farm and Food Workers Relief Program.

Eligible frontline farm workers and meatpacking workers from the following 14 states can apply for a relief payment through this website: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Applicants outside of these states will be eligible to apply for relief payments through other organizations. Click here to find organizations selected to distribute FFWR relief payments in your region.

Additional information:

  • Relief payments will remain available until funds are exhausted.
  • There is no cost to apply.
  • Relief payments are not a loan and payment recipients will not be taxed.
  • Immigration status is not one of the eligibility criteria.
  • Applicant information is confidential. It will not be shared with the USDA nor any other state or federal agency.
  • Only one relief payment can be issued to an eligible beneficiary. Applying for a relief payment through more than one location or organization will result in significant payment delays.

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Eligibility requirements

Applicant must live or work in the following states:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia

Applicants outside of these states will be eligible to apply for relief payments through other organizations. Visit ams.usda.gov/services/grants/ffwr to see the list of organizations selected to distribute FFWR relief payments in your region.

 


 

Applicant must provide acceptable (1) photo identification and (2) proof of employment as a farm worker or meatpacking worker within the U.S. and its territories during the period between January 27, 2020 and end of the incident period for the major disaster declaration related to COVID-19. 

Youth (under the age of 18) are eligible for a relief payment. Youth must provide the same documentation as described below.

Acceptable photo identification includes:

  • State-issued driver’s license or identification
  • Consular- or government-issued identification (foreign or domestic)
  • H2A Visa or H2B Visa
  • Employer-issued identification

Acceptable proof of employment includes:

  • W-2 tax form
  • Pay stub
  • Employment contract
  • Letter from an employer
  • H2A Visa or H2B Visa

 


 

Applicant must have been employed as a frontline field worker, livestock worker, or meatpacker worker.

Hired workers are defined as anyone, other than an agricultural service worker, who was paid for at least one hour of agricultural work on a farm or ranch, or in a meat processing facility. Worker type is determined by what the employee was primarily hired to do, not necessarily what work was done during the pandemic. Eligible frontline workers include:

Field workers: Includes planting, tending, and harvesting crops, as well as eligible post-harvest activities. Also includes operating farm machinery on crop farms. A list of qualifying crops for field activities can be found here.

Livestock workers: Includes tending livestock, milking cows, or caring for poultry. Also includes operating farm machinery on livestock or poultry operations.

Meatpacking workers: Includes animal slaughtering and meat or poultry processing, as well as packaging meat or poultry.

The relief payment is not intended for farm or meatpacking managers, however an applicant can meet eligibility criteria with sufficient proof as a frontline worker in eligible activities as described.

To further clarify what worker occupations qualify as eligible beneficiaries, you can review the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) codes and titles associated with field, livestock, and meatpacking workers. SOC codes are used by the Federal government to classify occupations. Again, eligible applicants across these worker types should be frontline workers, and not those working in management positions.  

Type of worker – SOC code –  Associated titles  

  • Field Workers – 45-2041 – Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products  
  • Field Workers – 45-2091 – Agricultural Equipment Operators  
  • Field Workers – 45-2092 – Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse  
  • Field Workers – 45-2099 – Agricultural Workers, All Other  
  • Field Workers – 53-7064 – Packers and Packagers, Hand
  • Livestock Workers – 45-2041 – Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
  • Livestock Workers – 45-2093 – Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals
  • Livestock Workers – 45-2099 – Agricultural Workers, All Other 
  • Livestock Workers – 53-7064 – Packers and Packagers, Hand 
  • Meatpacking Workers51-3023 – Slaughterers and Meat Packers 
  • Meatpacking Workers51-3022 – Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 
  • Meatpacking Workers51-3099 – Food Processing Workers, All Other

 


 

Relief payments are not available to farm owners or farm operators through the FFWR Program, except for those with proof of employment as frontline farm workers or meatpacking workers on farms they do not also own or operate. Farm owners and operators have been eligible for COVID-19 relief through other USDA programs.

Beware of fraud

To protect yourself from scams and fraud, please review the following information.

• You do not have to go to a notary to apply for the USDA Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) program. Only organizations designated by the USDA may process your application. Click here to see the list of organization selected to distribute FFWR relief payments in your region.

Note: Application periods may begin at different times depending on which organization you are applying through. Relief payments may not be made available at the same time throughout the country.

• There is no cost to apply. It’s free to apply to the FFWR program. Application assistance is also free.

• Never provide personal information to organizations that have not been approved by the USDA to distribute FFWR relief funds. This includes personal documents or any other form of identification. Click here to see the list of organization selected to distribute FFWR relief payments in your region.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Farm and Food Workers Relief Program (FFWR)?

The Farm and Food Workers Relief Program (FFWR) is intended to defray costs for reasonable and necessary personal, family, or living expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as but not limited to, costs for personal protective equipment (PPE), dependent care, and expenses associated with quarantines and testing.

Pasa Sustainable Agriculture will distribute direct relief in the form of a $600 flat-rate payment per eligible beneficiary. This is not a renewable nor annual benefit.

Once a worker has been verified as eligible, the worker will receive a single $600 payment that will be released in a single financial transaction.

Who is eligible to apply?

Relief payments will be available to eligible workers who performed work in farming and meatpacking work during the period extending from January 27, 2020 until the end of the incident period for the major disaster declaration related to COVID-19. Eligible beneficiaries should be frontline workers, and not those working in management positions.

When will applications be available?

Pasa Sustainable Agriculture will begin accepting applications on March 1, 2023. Relief payments will be awarded until funds are exhausted.

Only organizations awarded the grant by the USDA may post and process Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) applications for eligible beneficiaries. A list of approved organizations is available at ams.usda.gov/services/grants/ffwr/awards.

Please note: Relief payments may not be made available at the same time throughout the country. FFWR grant administrators may have different open application periods. Find a full list of USDA-approved FFWR grant administrators and their service areas here.

What documentation is needed to apply?

1. Applicants must show proof of employment as a frontline farm laborer or meatpacking laborer anytime between January 27, 2020 until the date the Dept. of Health and Human Services declares the end of the COVID–19 public health emergency. Eligible proof of employment includes any one of the following:

• W-2 tax form

• Pay stub

• Employment contract

• Letter from an employer

• H2A Visa or H2B Visa

2. Applicants must show acceptable proof of identification. Acceptable proof of identification includes:

• State-issued driver’s license or identification

• Consular- or government-issued identification (foreign or domestic)

• H2A Visa or H2B Visa

• Employer-issued identification

• Other acceptable photo identification

3. Applicants must self-certify they have not previously received an FFWR relief payment through another entity.

Upcoming Events

In-Person Application Assistance

Hartville, OH

When:

Tuesday, June 20: 12–8 pm

Wednesday, June 21: 9 am–1 pm

Where: Migrant Ministry, 3980 Swamp St NE, Hartville, OH 44632

 

Canton, OH

When:

Thursday, June 22: 8 am–12 pm, 4–8 pm

Friday, June 23: 8 am–12 pm

Where: Centro San Jose, 701 Walnut Ave NE Canton, OH 44702

 

Check back here for information on more events coming soon.

Apply

Apply for a one-time $600 payment through the Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) Program.

Please be sure to review the (1) eligibility requirements, (2) fraud information, and (3) frequently asked questions in the menu on the left before applying.

As noted in the eligibility requirements, you’ll need to submit acceptable proof of identification and proof of employment to complete your application. Please have these documents and information ready before starting your application.

If you choose to receive your payment through a direct deposit to your bank, you’ll also need to have your account and routing numbers available.

Click here to begin your application.

Contact us

Email

English: support@pasafarming.org

Spanish: apoyo@pasafarming.org  

Phone

Toll free: (833) 469-3397

Phone support is available in English and Spanish during the following times:

  • Monday–Thursday, 9 am–8 pm ET
  • Friday, 9 am–4 pm ET
  • Sunday, 4–8 pm ET

Note: Application processing time is currently 16-18 weeks due to a high volume of applications. Applying through other organizations and calling to inquire about the status of your application will cause delays in payment.


USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. 

Pasa Sustainable Agriculture is a grantee of the USDA-AMS Farm and Food Worker Relief Program. Pasa’s mailing address is 1631 N Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102.

Funding for this website was made possible by a grant/cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.